There are two sides to the snacks story. One that says you should have three set meals a day and munch on nothing in between; and another that encourages small snacks in between meals to keep your metabolism busy. Naturally, I’m a fan of the latter. There’s nothing worse than not being able to satisfy your afternoon munchies or eleven o’clock “screw-this-I’m-having-lunch” envy. That’s why I keep these 5 healthy snacks handy at all times to get me through the day. So here goes:
- A shiny Granny-Smith apple or a banana – these are the only two fruits I feel I can carry around wherever I go. I would love to snack on strawberries, oranges or clementines, but I keep them at home as I enjoy them more there than at work on in the car on my way to meetings
- 0% fat yogurt – I keep this snack for when it’s 6 o’clock and I still have to wait one workout and a shower until I have dinner. Trust me, this is the best snack you can have to curb that 6 o’clock appetite.
- A teaspoon of peanut butter – this is for when I’m craving for something salty. A single teaspoon of it keeps me full for at least 2 hours straight.
- Granola – Instead of helping myself to brown bread at breakfast or lunch, I swap it for a handful of granola when I need something to munch on. Jordan’s is my current favorite brand.
- Lindt Dark Sea Salt Chocolate – I keep a 10g square of this dark chocolate for the days when I’m desperate for a piece of chocolate. Just letting it melt in my mouth removes all the sweet cravings I might have.
Note: Of course, I never have all 5 snacks on a same day.
Any other healthy snacks ideas? What are yours?
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Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.
On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.
Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.
So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.
The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:
- Parma ham
- Chorizo or Turkey slices
- Gruyère cheese
- A small-sized camembert cheese
- Lettuce leaves
- Bread of your choice
Drinks and Beverages
Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.
Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:
- Dried:kiwi and apricots
- Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums
If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:
- Kaak or grissinis
- Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
- Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts
Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:
- Dry raisin cake
- Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)
You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:
- Plastic wine glasses
- Plastic cups
- 3 glass jars
- Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
- 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
- A cooler
- Tiny fun bags for the nuts
- A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
- Small containers for fruits
- A basket to carry it all up there
- And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂
Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!
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One of the best things to do on some nights is to stay in with a nice movie and food. I just love to be transported to another place and another story and travel for a while. Movies make you dream, inspire you, and make you feel you can accomplish anything.
I love all types of movies, except for thrillers. Optimally, the ones I prefer are travel movies. I’ve watched loads of them and I’d love to share the top 7 on my mind today, along with the best snacks that would go perfectly with each.
Breadonbutter’s List of 7 top Travel movies and their snacks
Running Time: 100 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: Pizza
Theme: Fantasy and Adventure
Running Time: 127 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: Cotton Candy
Theme: Societal problems
Running Time: 124 minutes
Best Snack to go with it:Yogurt and red fruit
Running Time: 126 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: Nachos topped with melted cheese
Theme: Romantic Comedy Drama (Woody Allen!)
Running Time: 97 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: Chocolate candy
Theme: Adventure and Drama
Running Time: 123 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: All types of popcorn – salty, caramel, cheesy, or spicy
Theme: Animation and Adventure
Running Time: 101 minutes
Best Snack to go with it: Corn on the cob
My favorite 2 are UP and Life of Pi. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all, but these two have touched me until the present day. Even though UP is only a cartoon, it made me see that it’s never too late to go on an adventure and that you will be never left alone in life. As for Life of Pi, because it is based on a true story told by a man who is still alive today, it touched me to the very core. It also showed me the power of our minds and to which extent it can take us. 7 absolute must-watch movies!
Which ones have you watched? Any other snack recommendations?
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Almost everyone I know is on a constant struggle to develop healthy habits and stick to them. Lately, healthy tips are always part of any discussion. In this day and age, I think being healthy is crucial – if not all the time, then at least 80% of the time.
On my quest to finding the perfect healthy living balance, I have learnt to stick to a few habits that can help you be a healthy person.
Here they are:
1) Always have detox water in your fridge. Just cut up ginger and lemon slices, put them in a jar, pour water over them and let the whole mix infuse in your fridge. Drink one glass every morning.
2) Have freshly cut carrots and cucumbers, or cherry tomatoes in your fridge ready for when you’re crazily looking for something to munch on in the house. We all go through those lazy afternoons watching tv, craving something to chew on. Carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes will satisfy this need with almost no calorie count. Plus, they have a lot of benefits.
3) Replace everything white with brown stuff: brown bread, brown rice, brown everything! It’s the same amount of calories, granted, but it’s way healthier.
4) When having sushi, opt for more sashimi and less sauce-filled makis
5) There should be absolutely no bags of crisps anywhere to be seen in the house
6) Have a green tea (preferrably fresh) every afternoon
7) When you’re craving for something sweet or fulfilling during the empty hours of the day, have a foamy cappuccino with skimmed milk (skip the fat). Guaranteed satisfaction!
That’s it for now. But I will be sharing all of my new acquired healthy habits over time, so stay tuned 🙂
Yesterday, I decided to make a super easy yogurt cake recipe my mom gave me. Halfway through the mix, I thought it would be fun to turn the batter into muffins instead of one big cake. I retrieved my mini muffin molds I had never used and some silicon IKEA molds we had (click here to see what I’m talking about) and divided the whole thing among them. I was so proud of my mini muffins that i just had to send pictures to everyone. And that’s when Jean had the brilliant idea to mix them with fruits and make them into skewers. With a yogurt dip of course 🙂
Like these prawns on skewers we made a few weeks ago, it’ll be much easier to savor the mini muffins and the fruits in parties. It can also be pretty fun to make kids participate in the whole thing if you have them wandering around at home!
What you’ll need (for 18 mini muffins)
– 2 pots of Yogurt (flavor of your choice) – Note: you’ll be using the pots for measurement so don’t throw them away when they’re empty
– 3 pots of flour
– 1 pot of diet vegetable oil (Lesieur is the one I used)
– 2 pots of sugar
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder
– 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
– 3 eggs
– Melon, Pineapple and Strawberries – or any fruit of your choice
How to make it is really simple:
1) Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius and mix all of the ingredients together
2) Pour them in the muffin molds
3) Place them in the oven for about 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
4) Let them cool completely then decorate your skewers and serve with yogurt. You can pour honey or any jam you like on the yogurt for additional taste.
So, what do you think? 🙂
What’s a home without some dessert lying around, right? I haven’t baked for weeks due to crazy schedules and lack of time and I really miss it! Baking has always been some kind of therapy, drowning my feelings unto that mixing bowl and traveling far far away in thoughts and dreams. But then I realized that baking doesn’t have to take that much time and effort! You can always whip out something fast and easy, with a few ingredients that you surely have in your cupboard. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you the easiest Nutella Brownies recipe ever (found on this blog a long time ago). You only need 3 ingredients and it takes 20 minutes to prepare AND bake these nutella brownies. So here we go.
What you’ll need:
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups Nutella
– 1 cup All-purpose flour
How to make it:
1) In a bowl, whisk the eggs then add the Nutella and mix
2) Add the flour and mix
3) Spoon the whole thing unto a greased square mold
4) Bake for 10 minutes until the top is cracked but a toothpick doesn’t come out clean
5) Let it cool for 5 minutes in the mold
6) Cut into squares, place in a plate and let cool completely
Enjoy for days! 🙂 Happy short therapy for busy people!
I just love opening that cupboard in the kitchen with all the meal and snack ideas. This cupboard is where I like to keep limited canned goods for when you’re in a meal hurry- I say limited because there are only a few canned things I like – drinks, healthy (and a few fatty) snacks, and some sauces.
Choosing carefully what to have in that cupboard can help you save a lot and constantly keep what you need at an easy reach.
So here are a few of the things I never let myself run out of:
– Tuna in water
– Some salad toppings like Palmito and Artichoke Hearts and Asparagus
– Cooked Beans
– Â Bamboo shoots for an Asian vegetable recipe
– Coconut milk in case you wish to add it to your Asian dish
Rice and Pasta:
– Plain white Basmati rice
– Brown Rice – a very healthy option
– Sushi sticky Rice
– Risotto Rice
– All kinds of tea
– Hot Chocolate
– Nespresso capsules
– Sesame Oil
– Soy Sauce
– Rice Vinegar – I strongly recommend this. It counts as 0 calories and brings a lot of flavor to your salads. You also need it to make sushi rice.
– Fish Sauce and Oyster Sauce. Adding one tablespoon of these sauces to your dish will make it a lot tastier.
– Rice Paper for fresh vegetable rolls (recipe soon)
– Sesame seeds
– Porcini Mushrooms (that you can also use in a nice risotto recipe)
– Tongorashi powder (to spice up your dishes or sushi)
– Tomato Sauce
– Worcestershire Sauce
– A jar of Nutella for “I don’t care about anything anymore” moments
– Dark Chocolate
– Pop Corn
– Salt & Vinegar Rice Crackers
– Chocolate Pasta I bought back in London at ‘Hotel Chocolat’ (I promise to share the recipe soon)
What’s in your pantry? Anything else you’d recommend? 🙂